Charles Alex Bogere, the Masindi Port Ferry Master says that they conducted series of tests trips and it was confirmed to be effective for full-time operations on the water.
Masindi Port Ferry loading passengers (Photo Credit-UNRA)
Uganda National Roads Authority- UNRA has resumed the operations of
Masindi Port ferry on River Nile.
The ferry has been undergoing six-day emergency mechanical repairs by the
The ferry that connects Kiryandongo to Apac district through
Masindi port and Kungu route across River Nile suspended operations about a week
ago after developing a mechanical fault on the ramp system.
The breakdown comes just two days after it had just undergone routine
Charles Alex Bogere, the Masindi Port Ferry Master says that they conducted
series of test trips and it was confirmed to be effective for full-time
operations on the water.
According to Bogere, the main breakdown that was on the Ferry ramp
system has been repaired.
The resumption has excited local traders in the area.
Harriet Atim, 42, a local hotel operator is optimistic the
operations of the ferry will remain constant since it has been repaired twice
in a month. Atim says her business is often interrupted once Ferry is not
Bosco Okello, a local resident of Kungu village, says the continued
breakdown and suspension of operations has been affecting their businesses.
He says that for the past weeks, they have made losses from their
various businesses since their only customers are often ignited by the ferry
During the past one week, while the ferry was being repaired,
several trucks loaded with charcoal were stuck near the Masindi port trading
Mark Ssali, the UNRA spokesperson says passengers can now start using this
route since the ferry has been repaired and fully operating.
He described the breakdown as normal in their operations.
Masindi Port Ferry is often used by traders from Apac, Aduku and Dokolo
districts and passengers from Lira town.